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On May 1, 2007, two organisations ($A$ and $B$) were formed with $n$ members each. On the first day of each subsequent month, $m$ members join $A$ while the number of members in $B$ gets multiplied by $p$.

On September 2, 2007, both organisations have the same number of members. If $m = 20n$, find $p$?

 A.

2

 B.

3

 C.

4

 D.

5

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Solution:
Option(B) is correct

The number of members in $A$ on Oct 2, 2007: 

$=n+4m=n+80n=81n$

Number of members in $B$ on Oct 2, 2007: 

$=n×p×p×p×p$

As given in the question, now both organisations have the same number of members. 

$⇒ 81n=n×p^4$

$⇒ p=3$

Note: As per the comment by Prabal the date mentioned in the question has been changed to September 2 from October 2.


(4) Comment(s)


Prabal
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From May to October is 6 months, therefore the problem entails 6 terms of both series,

thus, the equation shall be $n+5m=np^5$, which shall obviously not give a valid answer. Thus, the date should be September 2nd not October 2nd.


Deepak
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Thank you Prabal for pointing out the correction. Updated the question.


Anurag
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Mistake in Question .. Guys .. Has to be Sep 2007 instead f Oct 2007 ..



Pranshu
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it must be $n+5m=np^5$